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Doug Uphoff

Doug Uphoff farms between Shelbyville and Findlay, raising corn and soybeans.

9/21/2018

Bean harvest started Monday, and just when you think the soy markets may tank, they turn around. Corn harvest has been put on the back burner while we try to get the beans cut. Fertilizer and lime are also being applied. We started chiseling some cornstalks that dad had already chopped. Have a safe week and be alert!

9/14/2018

We started corn harvest last week, and if you told me there would be 150 bushel per acre swings on yields in one pass I’d have said you were seeing things. That is exactly what we are seeing, though. I don’t believe this year’s corn will be as good as last year’s, maybe even 20 bushels per acre less on field averages. We stayed wet all summer, and some roots just couldn’t grow to access the nutrients they needed. Moisture levels have been from 14.5 to 19.5. The dry corn is not yielding close to what the wetter, more healthy plants are. Higher topography as well as better drained soils are the better yielding areas in the field. Beans are getting close. They are maturing very unevenly. We still have water standing, which is kind of surprising since we only had 1.4 inches of rain. Have a great week, stay rested and be safe!

9/7/2018

We haven't started picking yet, but some corn has been harvested with moisture levels in the low 20s on 108- to 110-day corn. We had some rain Thursday, but Findlay picked up between 2 to 3 inches, which is only a few miles from home. Sounds like much more moisture is on tap for Friday and Saturday. We’re sure hoping the forecasts are wrong. Some soybeans are getting close and should be harvested in the next 10 days if it isn’t too muddy. Have a safe week!

8/31/2018

Still prepping, watching, waiting and checking. Dad has been keeping the mowing caught up while Elliott and I have been getting things ready to go. Hand sample last Thursday was 25.5 percent so we are getting closer. By this time next week, we will have at least tried things out. Our local elevator raised the in charge for beans, a penny on corn for storage but lowered the in rate for DP corn. They want to use our corn for free and don’t want any more corn in storage. The soybean in charge was raised to 32 cents a bushel. So on top of tariffs and poor exports, now we have this. Stay safe, try to stay positive and have a great week.